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Jimmie Johnson gets ready before practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NASCAR notebook: Trip to Dover should spark Johnson’s chances at seventh Sprint Cup title

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Want to see if Jimmie Johnson is still a championship contender? This week will have a lot to say about it. For all the talk surrounding the Joe Gibbs drivers and Kevin Harvick’s travails, plenty of attention should still be centered on the man in the No. 48 Chevy. He’s got the championships – six of them, more than anyone …

Rain at Dover washes out qualifying; Kenseth on pole

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DOVER, Del. – For a driver on the brink of championship elimination, Kevin Harvick might have the biggest target at Dover. The mission is clear: Knock out Harvick, knock out a champion. “Everyone in this Chase knows they are the biggest threat for the championship,” four-time champ Jeff Gordon said. “If they get …

Column: Retirement will give Tony Stewart freedom he seeks

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart picked his way through the crowd surrounding a red carpet at Chicagoland Speedway to make his way to the pre-race driver meeting. Dance music blared from two large speakers at the front of the tent, celebrities and other dignitaries sat in special seats and fans craned their necks …

Harvick to start Chase on pole after qualifying canceled

Saturday, September 19, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. – Kevin Harvick will begin defense of his Sprint Cup championship from the pole in the opening round of the playoffs. Heavy rain washed out qualifying Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, and NASCAR set the field based …

After excellent regular season, Logano ready to find a higher gear in pursuit of first championship

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

He’s never looked better, and Joey Logano will be the first to acknowledge it. But while his regular season has included a celebration in Daytona and a string of 26 race finishes that’s the envy of his competition, …

Harvick not ready to hand crown over to Joe Gibbs Racing

Sunday, September 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Every indication the last three months is that Joe Gibbs Racing is going to be a major force in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But if anyone thinks JGR’s four-car lineup is going to …

Logano visiting New Hampshire ahead of Chase race

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano will be in New Hampshire on Tuesday as part of NASCAR’s Chase Across North America media tour to build excitement for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano’s visit is being dubbed a …

Kenseth gives JGR 1 more win before NASCAR’s playoffs begin

Sunday, September 13, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. – Joe Gibbs Racing cemented itself as the team to beat for the Sprint Cup championship with a dominating run Saturday night that ended in Matt Kenseth’s fourth win of the season. The victory put Kenseth …

NASCAR has hit with low-downforce package, but opts to save it for 2016

Thursday, September 10, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Moments after Carl Edwards climbed from his winning Southern 500 car, he began lobbying for NASCAR to apply the rules package used at Darlington Raceway in the upcoming playoffs. Edwards and his Joe Gibbs Racing …

Edwards wins Southern 500

Monday, September 7, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Carl Edwards took the lead on the last pit stop and held off Denny Hamlin on a restart eight laps from the end for his first Southern 500 victory Sunday night. Edwards was two laps …

Iconic schemes to run at Darlington

Thursday, August 27, 2015

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The Southern 500 will have a familiar feel, and not just because the race has returned to Labor Day weekend. Most of the grid for Sprint Cup’s next race on Sept. 6 will have throwback paint schemes on their cars, recalling the days when greats …

Bowyer holds head high to cling to final Chase berth

Monday, August 24, 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. – All of the crew members who work on Clint Bowyer’s team know they’ll be out of a job in 12 more races. Like everyone else at Michael Waltrip Racing, they face an uncertain future in …

Michael Waltrip Racing releases Bowyer from contract, will race part-time in 2016

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Michael Waltrip’s rocky nine-year effort to build a successful race team was on the verge of collapse Wednesday as the organization said it will not run any cars full-time next season and released Clint Bowyer from his contract …

Danica Patrick stays with SHR; new sponsor Nature’s Bakery

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Danica Patrick’s fit and healthy lifestyle has landed her a new sponsor that allows her to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing. SHR announced a deal Tuesday that makes Nature’s Bakery the primary sponsor of Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet beginning …

Kenseth in control at Michigan, wins 3rd Cup race of season

Sunday, August 16, 2015

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Matt Kenseth had little to say about how NASCAR’s rules package affected his race at Michigan International Speedway. “I didn’t see much of the race, which was totally fine with me,” he said. “We were …